Thursday, May 22, 2014


I am a regular traveler on Air NZ domestic.    Every-time I travel on a main trunk route I am subject to security screening ... the Full Monty.    Yet for Air NZ link flights (even from a major airport) zip. zero, nothing.

Clearly Aviation Security New Zealand (AVSEC) is of a mind that hijackers/crazies only choose to fly the main trunk.   A more balanced view is that the whole thing is a charade predicated on the basis that something is better than nothing.

Well, it's not.   It's a waste of time and money.     You either do it properly or do it not at all.   

p.s.    AVSEC domestic is funded from a levy included in the purchase price of your ticket.    Five years ago it was in the order of $5.   It will have increased since then.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Wasn't there some female Muslim nutter waving a machete around a few years ago on a Banderante out of Nelson?

The Veteran said...

Nelson or Blenheim ... no security checks at either airfield. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

Screening is based on US FAA requirements put in place after 9/11.

The requirement is based on the size and range of plane.

As someone who travels throughout NZ on a regular basis, both main trunk and provincial routes - I am very happy with the current arrangements. I would not encourage screening on provincial routes.

In the last month I have been through LAX, Atlanta, Miami, Le Guardia and JFK airports in the USA. All screening occurs before you get to any gates - so in effect. all gates are screened in the US

The Veteran said...

Anon ... I have no problem re international flights. Do them often myself.

But it's instructive that the only case in recent years (referred to by Adolf) started from a non-screened airport.

And if you are saying that screening is determined by the size and range of a/c then I put it to you that the two 'smallest' planes in the Air NZL fleet ... Beechcraft and Bombardier, both have the range to be flown to Aust from Akl via Norfolk.

Back to the point of the post ... if it's worth doing it's worth doing well.

Harlequin said...

From my knowledge of the Court Screening process and the considerations put in place for full time or part time screening, we need to consider whether the cost out weighs the benefits. A Baggage Xray machine costs in the region of $20000. Staff need to be available from first flight out in the morning until last flight at night. How many 'incidents' have we had on domestic flights?

watcher said...

Is it cost or is it risk. I suspect if Intel identified a risk you would have what you want.

Anonymous said...

People that fly to Hamilton or Palmerston North or even Dunedin are self-screening?.